Meridian Gate has officially reopened after nearly a decade of restoration

Dubbed the symbol of Hue, Meridian Gate (Ngo Mon) finally reopened to visitors at the beginning of the new year 2021 after a long time of restoration. Within the citadel of Hue, Meridian Gate, also known as the South Gate, is one of the iconic architectures from the Nguyen Dynasty - the last dynasty of Vietnam. The gate is an elaborate construction comprising a brick foundation, and a stunning wooden pavilion with terracotta tiles, known as Lau Ngu Phung (Pavilion of Five Phoenixes).

Hue Meridian Gate

Back in time, as the structure was severely damaged over time and war, the renovated project of Meridian Gate started in 2012 by the Hue Monuments Conservation Center. It was divided into two phases from 2012 to 2015 and from 2016 to 2019. The total investment capital is over 80 billion VND. Besides the structure which received the comprehensive renovation, expects also restored some rituals under the Nguyen Dynasty such as the ceremony of Proclamation of Doctors’ Lists in the national examinations performed at Lau Ngu Phung or the ceremony of Changing of Guards right in front of Meridian Gate. Since the very first day of its reopening, Meridian has allured a myriad of visitors across the country come to visit and discover.

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